In the race towards the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia, the players are trying their best to gain a spot in the Pakistan T20I side. The biggest question currently prevails is that who will keep the wickets for Pakistan in the major tournament? Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Kamran Akmal are the potential candidates for the job up till now.
Kamran Akmal is the only one among them who has scored runs in the ongoing HBL PSL. On the other hand, Mohammad Rizwan has played only 1 game in this year’s HBL PSL. Pakistan’s former T20I captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was dropped from the T20I and Test side courtesy his poor performance with the bat. Since then, Sarfaraz has worked a lot on his fitness but has not been able to reap good results with the bat so far.
With another failure against Lahore Qalandars, while his side was chasing a massive total, Sarfaraz marked yet another ordinary performance in the ongoing T20 fest. His current scores in PSL are 9, 3, 33, 37, 41, and 21 which are not enough to book him a place in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2020. However, Sarfaraz’s keeping and captaincy record have been pretty commendable. If Sarfaraz plans to play the T20I World Cup for Pakistan, he needs to start scoring big runs for his side.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selection committee has few questions to answer ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup. Will they decide to persist with Mohammad Rizwan, who also has not delivered well with the bat. Will they bring back Sarfaraz Ahmed on the basis of captaincy and wicket-keeping, or will they chip in with Kamran Akmal and gamble on his wicket-keeping skills. Pakistan Super League will influence this critical decision which is set to be taken by the chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq.